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LAUNICS, FRICIS

Mr & Mrs Launics
  • April 18, 1901 - Born, in Liepaja
  • 1919 - Volunteers for the military, joining the "Imanta" regiment serving in Russia.
  • 1920 - Returns to Latvia, and joins the Aviation regiment, attending flight school (observer).
  • March 1922 - participates (in the observer's seat) in the flights to resupply German ships trapped in the ice of the Bay of Riga.
  • October 15, 1925 - completes his first solo flight (on LVG #27)
  • November 4, 1927 - one of the first Latvian pilots to fly the newly-acquired Letov S.16
  • 1928 - while serving as a flight instructor on Letov S.16s, he logs 105.37 hours of flight time, that year's fifth highest total in the entire air service.
  • 1929 - studying aviation abroad, he earns his Estonian pilots' license (in addition to his Latvian one).
  • Promoted to the rank of Staff Sargeant.
  • May 25, 1930 - participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • 1930 - the recipient of the Clifford Harmon trophy recognizing the best Latvian aviator of the year.
  • May 31, 1931 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • May 28, 1933 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • September 9, 1934 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Riga/Spilve.
  • July 26, 1936 - Participates in the Aviation Festival at Krustpils.
  • As leader of the 48th Glider Aviator Group he oversees the building of the glider "Krustpilietis"
  • 1939 - Launics appears on the roster of the 7th Reconnaissance Squadron (based at Krustpils) with the rank of administrative lieutenant.
  • 1942 (German occupation) - serves with the 15th Regiment of the Latvian Legion.
  • After the war, Launcis and his spouse emigrated to Sweden and settled in Vaesteraas, some 120 kilometres west of Stockholm.
    Mr & Mrs Launics

    Sources

    - Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Edvins Bruvelis
    - Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1961, No.4
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 22, 1930
    - Latvijas Kareivis May 30, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis June 2, 1931
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.5, 1934
    - Latvijas Kareivis, Sept.11, 1934
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.41 (Nov 1937)
    - Sparnota Latvija, No.42 (Dec 1937)

    Correspondence with Paul Branke

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